Naomi Campbell photographed by Albert Watson. He recalls, ‘I looked over and she was under an umbrella – right there I knew that was the shot, how perfect her head was in that raw sunlight.’ The strong lines of this composition delineates Campbell’s remarkable profile, like a goddess in silhouette.
Albert Watson is one of the world’s most successful and sought-after fashion and commercial photographers working today. Over the past thirty-five years his striking portraits have appeared on more than 250 covers of Vogue; he has produced photographs of many of the iconic figures of our time, including Kate Moss – whom he first photographed on a shoot in Marrakech on her 18th birthday – Naomi Campbell, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson and that shot of Mick Jagger.
More than simply a straightforward fashion photographer, Watson’s images are informed by his work as a graphic designer and have a filmic quality; his work is often said to defy any simple categorisation as he bends and weaves different genres together.
Watson was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal – in recognition of his sustained and significant contribution to photography – on 9 September 2010.